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Hilton Head — Beaufort County, South Carolina

SC Picture Project  |  Beaufort County  |  Hilton Head

This photo shows the morning sun rising over a field of summer marsh on Hilton Head Island. Marsh grass (Spartina alterniflora) is green in the summer and turns golden in the fall.

Hilton Head Marsh

Valérie Loiret of Neuilly, France, 2007 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Marsh is extremely important to coastal South Carolina ecosystems as the detritus it produces is a source of food for many sea creatures (like shrimp and crabs). Wild animals and birds also depend on it for habitat. Further, marsh helps filter our water to keep it clean and protects us from floods.

Jarvis Creek Hilton Head

D.S. Owens of Aiken, 2008 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Storefronts in Hilton Head

Denise Kappa © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Reflections on Hilton Head

Contributor Valérie Loiret shares the experience capturing her photograph:

“It was 7AM in the morning after driving my daughter to camp. I walked in the woods near the beach because the light was wonderful, and the pathway cleared into this stunning view of marshes, fluorescent emerald green coloured against the wooden architectural lines of the boardwalk. This photo won a nature contest in France.”

D.S. Owens adds his story about photographing the ‘Southern Star’:

“The Southern Star was moored up near the Crazy Crab on Jarvis Creek. I believe it’s mainly for a photo op, which I was glad for. Right time, right place, and most of all-right light!”

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